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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Finalists

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Lamar Jackson and Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Trophy Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy are: Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma).

Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard ('91) and Charles Woodson ('97) announced earlier this week that the finalists for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN's Countdown show.

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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The five finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 10, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan.

Lamar Jackson - 6’3” 215 lbs. - True sophomore and Louisville's first Heisman finalist. The athletic Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record while accumulating 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total TDs. He threw for 3,390 yards and 30 TDs through the air and racked up 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground to become just the third player to pass for 30 TDs and rush for 20 TDs in the same season. He is also the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year recently.

Baker Mayfield - 6’1” 215 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Dede Westbrook as the school's first since Sam Bradford won the trophy in 2008. Mayfield, a redshirt junior, led the nation in passing efficiency this season with a mark of 197.75, which currently stands above the FBS mark of 191.8 set by Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in 2011. The 6-1, 212-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 3,669 yards and 38 TDs while leading the Sooners to a 10-2 record and the Big 12 title. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

Jabrill Peppers - 6’1” 205 lbs. - Michigan's fifth Heisman finalist and first since Chris Perry in 2003. He is the first defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012. The versatile 6-1, 205-pound true junior from East Orange, NJ, was all over the field for the Wolverines this season, totaling 71 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, one interception, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (with three TDs), 310 yards punt return yards (with 1 TD) and 260 yards on kickoff returns. Logged 933 snaps this season for the Wolverines and played 15 different positions, seeing action on offense (53 plays), defense (726 plays) and special teams (154). He helped lead Michigan to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl. One of the most dynamic returners in the country.

Deshaun Watson - 6’2” 210 lbs. - Returns for a second-straight year to the Heisman ceremony after finishing third in the voting in 2015. The true junior from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,914 yards and 37 TDs while also rushing for 529 yards and 6 scores. His 4,443 yards of total offense was eighth-best nationally while his combined 43 TDs running and passing was tied for fourth-best among Power 5 conference players. The 6-2, 210-pounder led Clemson to its second-straight ACC title as well as its second-consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff.

Dede Westbrook - 6’ 175 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Baker Mayfield as the first Sooner to be so honored since Sam Bradford won the Heisman in 2008. The 6-0, 176-pound senior from Cameron, Texas, caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards and a school-record 16 TD receptions as Oklahoma finished 10-2 and won the Big 12 title. He was second among all Power 5 players in receiving yardage and third in receiving yardage per game while averaging a stellar 19.81 yards per catch. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook is the first receiver to be named a Heisman finalist since Amari Cooper in 2014.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan.

"This outstanding class of Heisman finalists represent the best in College Football this season. We are excited to welcome the next Heisman Trophy winner into the elite Heisman fraternity this weekend." said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust.

Tickets are still available for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Steve Spurrier (Florida, 1966) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991) on the 25th Anniversary of his award and Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006) on the 10th anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota State Justice Alan Page as the 2016 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his support of educational opportunities for at-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.heisman.com or by calling The Heisman Trophy Trust at (212) 425-7000.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

College Football Playoff Announces Final Top 25 Rankings Alabama vs Washington & Ohio St vs Clemson in Semi Finals

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SELECTION COMMITTEE RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its final Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Clemson No. 2, Ohio St No. 3 and Washington is No. 4. It sets up the match-ups for the Playoff Semifinals and New Year’s Six bowls.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, No. 4 Washington will face No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. ET. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will follow at 7 p.m. ET as No. 3 Ohio State plays No. 2 Clemson.

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The winner of the Peach Bowl will face the winner of the Fiesta Bowl in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. The national championship game will take place on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The College Football Playoff also announced the New Year’s Six bowl match-ups.
Capital One Orange Bowl (Dec. 30) – No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 6 Michigan
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 2) – No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Jan. 2) – No. 9 Southern California vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2) – No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Washington
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Oklahoma
8. Wisconsin
9. Southern California
10. Colorado
11. Florida State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Louisville
14. Auburn
15. Western Michigan
16. West Virginia
17. Florida
18. Stanford
19. Utah
20. LSU
21. Tennessee
22. Virginia Tech
23. Pittsburgh
24. Temple
25. Navy

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Divisional Races Peaking for December Playoff Run

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NFL Power Poll - Week 13

NFL Divisional Races Peaking for December Playoff Run

Team of the Week - Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Player of Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of Week - DE Khalil Mack - Raiders

Rookie of Week - WR Michael Thomas - Saints

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Game of Week #13 - Miami Dolphins (7-4) at Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 9-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots know how to win and beat a poor Jets club that finds ways to lose weekly.

#2 - 10-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ won their 10th in a row on Thanksgiving and return to Thursday night this week vs the Vikings in a key NFC matchup.

#3 - 8-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders claim their first winning season since 2002 behind another Derek Carr 4th quarter comeback in win over the Panthers.

#4 - 8-3 - GIANTS
GMen extend winning streak to six games vs Browns and head into the teeth of their schedule starting with Steelers this week.

#5 - 8-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs came back to beat the Broncos to create a longjam atop the tough AFC West.

#6 - 7-3-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks lost to an emerging Bucs’ club that held the Seahawks without a TD in a 14-5 loss.

#7 - 7-4 - BRONCOS
Broncos lost a heartbreaker to Chiefs and hit the road for games vs Jaguars and Titans next two week.

#8 - 7-4 - FALCONS
Falcons put an ass whippin on the Cardinals and host the stubborn Chiefs in key matchup with postseason implications.

#9 - 7-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ ate the Vikings turkey on Thanksgiving to gain first place in the NFC North.

#10 - 6-4-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins pushed the Cowboys the limit, but came up short. On the road to Arizona and Philly next two weeks in must win situations.

#11 - 6-5 - TEXANS
The Texans lost at home for the first time this season vs the Chargers. Travel to Green Bay and Indy in tough road matchups. They need to rebound to stay atop close AFC South race.

#12 - 6-5 - VIKINGS
Vikes need to regroup quickly after loss to the Lions with Cowboys coming in for vital matchup for any postseason hopes.

#13 - 7-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have made a fine comeback and did again with last second defensive stand vs the 49ers. Travel to Ravens in a game that may determine both clubs’ 2016 fate.

#14 - 6-5 - RAVENS
Ravens won key AFC North contest with the Bengals and host the resurging Dolphins in key AFC battle.

#15 - 6-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers won their second in a row vs the Colts and host the Giants in a crucial game for postseason hopes.

#16 - 5-6 - PACKERS
Packers' drilled the Eagles to stay alive for playoffs. Host the Texans and Seahawks next two weeks in major contests for each club.

#17 - 6-5 - BILLS
Bills beat the Jaguars for two in a row. Face AFC playoff clubs the Raiders and Steelers the next wo weeks.

#18 - 6-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs won a major challenge vs the Seahawks that have them dreaming postseason for the first time in a decade. Travel to San Diego for dangerous trap game.

#19 - 5-6 - COLTS
The Colts’ get Andrew Luck back for Monday night affair with Jets at MetLife in a vital game for their postseason hopes.

#20 - 5-6 - EAGLES
Eagles were hammered again this time by the Packers and face must win situations vs Bengals and Redskins over next two games.

#21 - 6-6 - TITANS
The Titans won last the Bears and get a late bye week before a final run at the playoffs.

#22 - 5-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers won a major matchup vs the Texans, but play in the best division in football that may keep them at .500 for the season.

#23 - 5-6 - SAINTS
QB Drew Brees toasted the Rams last week and the Saints host the Lions in a major NFC matchup that can shape two divisions.

#24 - 4-6-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost again this time to the Falcons and host the Redskins in a must win situation for even a shot for the postseason.

#25 - 4-7 - RAMS
The Ram’s handed the ball to top pick QB Jared Goff and he had some good moments, but the defense collapsed in big spots again.

#26 - 3-7-1 - BENGALS
Bengals fell to the Ravens and probably would have to run the table to challenge for a playoff spot.

#27 - 4-7 - PANTHERS
Panthers lost late to the Raiders that puts them in a desperate situation vs the Seahawks and Chargers up the next two weeks.

#28 - 3-8 - JETS
Jets played the Pats tough, but don’t know how to win close games and appear headed for another top 5-8 draft position.

#29 - 2-9 - JAGUARS
The Jags' lost their sixth straight to the Bills and host the hungry Broncos this Sunday.

#30 - 2-9 - BEARS
Bears came up just short vs the Titans. Host the 49ers this week with loser the NFC basement champ.

#31 - 1-10 - 49ers
The 49ers lost their 10th in a row to the Dolphins. QB Colin Kaepernick actually played well for the first time in three years.

#32 - 0-12 - BROWNS
The Browns were whipped by the GMen, but can’t lose this Sunday with their bye week mercifully here.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Corners Desmond King & Chidobe Awuzie Latest to Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

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Corners Desmond King & Chidobe Awuzie Latest to Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

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Eighteen more players have accepted their invitations to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, including reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner (best defensive back) Desmond King of Iowa.

King is joined by Auburn DT Montravius Adams, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, Texas A&M safety Justin Evans, UCLA OT Conor McDermott and DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley and Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle.

The 18 new additions to the roster push the total number of accepted invites to 47. The Reese's Senior Bowl will bring in 110 of the top seniors and fourth-year junior graduates this coming January. Practices on NFL Network and ESPN2 start on Jan. 24 with kickoff of the 68th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl set for 1:30pmCT on Jan. 28.

Accepted Invitations
(alphabetically):

Player / School / Position / Ht/ Wt / Conference
Montravius Adams - Auburn DT - 6-4 309 - SEC
Chidobe Awuzie - Colorado DC - 6-0 205 - Pac-12
Toby Baker - Arkansas PT - 6-3 215 - SEC
Tarell Basham - Ohio DE - 6-4 260 - MAC
Vince Biegel - Wisconsin - OLB - 6-4 245 - Big Ten
Dion Dawkins - Temple - OT - 6-5 320 - AAC
Matt Dayes - North Carolina St RB - 5-9 203 - ACC
Jessamen Dunker - Tennessee St. OG - 6-5 305 - FCS
Jake Elliott - Memphis PK - 5-10 165 - AAC
Evan Engram - Ole Miss TE - 6-3 227 - SEC
Amba Etta-Tawo - Syracuse WR - 6-2 202 - ACC
Justin Evans - Texas A&M S - 6-1 195 - SEC
Gerald Everett - South Alabama TE - 6-4 240 - Sun Belt
Dan Feeney - Indiana OG - 6-4 305 - Big Ten
Johnathan Ford - Auburn S - 6-0 204 - SEC
Kyle Fuller - Baylor OC - 6-5 315 - Big 12
Nate Gerry - Nebraska S - 6-2 220 - Big Ten
Zane Gonzalez - Arizona State PK - 6-1 195 - Pac-12
Josh Harvey-Clemons - Louisville S - 6-5 228 - ACC
Cole Hikutini - Louisville TE - 6-5 248 - ACC
Isaiah Jones - East Carolina WR - 6-1 197 - AAC
Desmond King - Iowa DC - 5-11 203 - Big Ten
Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova DE - 6-7 290 - FCS
Cooper Kupp - Eastern Washington WR - 6-2 215 - FCS
Forrest Lamp - Western Kentucky OG - 6-4 300 - C-USA
Conor McDermott - UCLA OT - 6-8 310 - Pac-12
Takkarist McKinley - UCLA OLB - 6-2 265 - Pac-12
Obi Melifonwu - Connecticut S - 6-3 217 - AAC
Jordan Morgan - Kutztown OG - 6-4 320 - Division II
Taylor Moton - Western Michigan OG - 6-5 328 - MAC
Larry Ogunjobi - Charlotte DT - 6-3 297 - C-USA
Josh Reynolds - Texas A&M WR - 6-4 190 - SEC
Duke Riley - LSU ILB - 6-1 230 - SEC
Ezra Robinson - Tennessee St. DC - 6-1 180 - FCS
Sam Rogers - Virginia Tech FB - 5-11 230 - ACC
Seth Russell - Baylor QB - 6-3 220 - Big 12
Tanzel Smart - Tulane DT - 6-1 305 - AAC
Jeremy Sprinkle - Arkansas TE - 6-6 256 - SEC
Jamari Staples - Louisville WR - 6-4 195 - ACC
Freddie Stevenson - Florida State FB - 6-1 241 - ACC
Ryan Switzer - North Carolina WR - 5-10 185 - ACC
Trent Taylor - Louisiana Tech WR - 5-8 178 - C-USA
Taywan Taylor - Western Kentucky WR - 6-1 195 - C-USA
Jon Toth - Kentucky OC - 6-5 310 - SEC
Davis Webb - California QB - 6-5 230 - Pac-12
Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma WR - 6-0 175 - Big 12
Jamaal Williams - Brigham Young RB - 6-2 220 - IND

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings - Top 4 Teams - Bama, Ohio St, Clemson & Washington

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CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings

The College Football Playoff Committee announced its fifth Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Ohio State No. 2, Clemson No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.

QB Jake Browning - Washington

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The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick -fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1 Alabama - 12-0
2 Ohio State -11-1
3 Clemson - 11-1
4 Washington - 11-1
5 Michigan - 10-2
6 Wisconsin - 10-2
7 Penn State - 10-2
8 Colorado - 10-2
9 Oklahoma - 9-2
10 Oklahoma State - 9-2
11Southern Cal - 9-3
12 Florida State - 9-3
13 Louisville - 9-3
14 Auburn - 8-4
15 Florida - 8-3
16 West Virginia - 9-2
17 Western Michigan - 12-0
18 Stanford - 9-3
19 Navy - 9-2
20 Utah - 8-4
21 LSU - 7-4
22 Tennessee - 8-4
23 Virginia Tech - 9-3
24 Houston - 9-3
25 Pittsburgh - 8- 4

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Alabama Defense Dominates Auburn in Iron Bowl Victory Ohio St Wins in 2 OT vs Michigan in Classic Rivalry

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings - Week 14

Bama Defense Dominates Auburn in Iron Bowl
Ohio St Wins in 2 OT vs Michigan in Classic Rivalry

Team of Week – Ohio St

Offensive Player of Week - CB/RS Adoree Jackson - Southern Cal
Defensive Player of Week - Alabama Defense

Photo - CB/RS Adoree Jackson - Southern Cal

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 12-0
2 Ohio St - 11-1
3 Clemson - 11-1
4 Washington - 11-1
5 Michigan - 10-2
6 Wisconsin - 10-2
7 Oklahoma - 9-2
8 Penn State - 10-2
9 Oklahoma State - 9-2
10 Colorado - 10-2
11 Southern Cal - 9-3
12 West Virginia - 9-2
13 Louisville - 9-3
14 Western Michigan - 12-0
15 Florida St - 9-3
16 Stanford - 9-3
17 Virginia Tech - 9-3
18 Florida - 8-3
19 Auburn - 8-4
20 LSU - 7-4
21 Iowa - 8-4
22 Nebraska - 9-3
23 Navy - 9-2
24 Pittsburgh - 8-4
25 South Florida - 10-2

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/1st Place Votes / Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama (61) 12-0 - 1525
2 Ohio State - 11-1 - 1456
3 Clemson - 11-1 - 1383
4 Washington - 11-1 - 1298
5 Michigan - 10-2 - 1264
6 Wisconsin - 10-2 - 1237
7 Oklahoma - 9-2 - 1141
8 Penn State - 10-2 - 1118
9 Colorado - 10-2 - 1035
10 USC - 9-3 - 948
11 Oklahoma State - 9-2 - 931
12 Florida State - 9-3 - 847
13 Western Michigan - 12-0 - 807
14 West Virginia - 9-2 - 726
15 Florida - 8-3 - 471
16 Louisville - 9-3 - 468
17 Stanford - 9-3 - 452
18 Auburn - 8-4 - 423
19 Virginia Tech - 9-3 - 420
20 Navy 9-2 387
21 LSU 7-4 338
22 Iowa 8-4 217
23 Nebraska 9-3 181
24 Pittsburgh 8-4 168
South Florida - 10-2 168

Dropped from rankings: Houston 18, Boise State 20, Utah 21, Texas A&M 22, Washington State 23, Tennessee 24

Others receiving votes: Houston 98, Boise State 92, Utah 88, Washington State 35, Texas A&M 33, Air Force 22, Temple 21, Tennessee 12, Troy 7, Miami 5, Georgia Tech 2, Tulsa 1

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College and NFL football especially during the postseason team and All-star and Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and several web sites

NFL Power Poll - Cowboys & Seahawks Head NFC Races

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NFL Power Poll - Week 12

Cowboys Win 9th Straight vs Ravens - Host Redskins for Thanksgiving Clash

Team of the Week - Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Jason Pierre Paul - Giants

Rookie of Week - QB Dak Prescott - Cowboys

Photo - QB Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #12 - Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Denver Broncos (7-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 8-2 - PATRIOTS

Patriots beat a poor 49er club and are again walking to the best record in the AFC for home postseason games.

#2 - 9-1 - COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are riding rookie back Ezekiel Elliott back to the top of the NFC East.

#3 - 7-2-1 - SEAHAWKS
Seahawks are gaining momentum with winning QB and tough defense.

#4 - 7-2 - RAIDERS
The Raiders continue to deliver in crunch time with big victory Monday night vs Texans.

#5 - 7-3 - BRONCOS
Broncos rested after their bye week and host the Chiefs in key AFC West contest on Sunday night.

#6 - 7-3 - GIANTS
GMen face the winless Browns in hopes to extend winning streak to six games.

#7 - 7-3 - CHIEFS
The Chiefs loss to the Bucs ended their five game streak. Travel to Denver for major AFC West matchup.

#8 - 6-4 - FALCONS
Falcons coming off their bye week and host the Cardinals holding a 1 game lead in NFC South.

#9 - 6-3-1 - REDSKINS
Redskins took it to the Packers and prepare to face the Cowboys in Big D on Thanksgiving.

#10 - 6-4 - TEXANS
The Texans lost a close game to the Raiders on Monday night, but their still the head dog in the AFC South.

#11 - 6-4 - LIONS
The Lions’ won their fifth game in last six, trailing in 4th quarter in every game.

#12 - 6-4 - VIKINGS
Vikes broke their four game losing streak with win over Cardinals and travel to Detroit for critical Turkey day matchup with Lions.

#13 - 5-5 - RAVENS
Ravens lost to the Cowboys and host the Bengals in key AFC North matchup with divisional lead in the balance.

#14 - 5-5 - EAGLES
Eagles were hammered by the Seahawks and have a key NFC matchup with the Packers on Monday night.

#15 - 6-4 - DOLPHINS
The Dolphins offense came to life late in the Rams game for their 5th win in a row.

#16 - 5-5 - COLTS
The Colts’ won back to back games for the first time this year and host the Steelers in Thanksgiving matchup critical for both teams’ postseason hopes.

#17 - 5-5 - STEELERS
The Steelers ended their four game losing streak with victory over the pathetic Browns. Road matchup with Colts becomes almost a must win situation for any postseason hopes.

#18 - 4-5-1 - CARDINALS
The Cardinals lost a tough game vs the Vikings and face the Falcons and Redskins in key NFC games that will decide any postseason aspirations.

#19 - 5-5 - BILLS
Bills held on vs the Bengals to end their three game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive.

#20 - 5-5 - BUCCANEERS
The Bucs ended the Chiefs five game winning streak. Host the Seahawks in key matchup that may determine their playoff reality.

#21 - 5-6 - TITANS
The Titans lost their 11th straight game vs divisional rival, the Colts. They travel to Chicago to keep their playoff hopes alive.

#22 - 4-6 - PACKERS
Packers' were drilled by Washington that puts them two games under .500 heading to Philadelphia for critical Monday night matchup.

#23 - 4-6 - CHARGERS
The Chargers are rested from their bye week and face a key stretch where they must start a run for any chances for the postseason. Travel to Houston for huge AFC matchup.

#24 - 4-6 - RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist under top pick Jared Goff, but they edged out a victory vs the inept Jets.

#25 - 3-6-1 - BENGALS
Bengals were shut out in the 2nd half by the Bills that turned into their next defeat and that leaves the postseason hopes fading quickly.

#26 - 4-6 - SAINTS
Lost tight game vs the Panthers and face must win situation for their playoff hopes vs the Rams this week.

#27 - 4-6 - PANTHERS
Panthers beat the Saints on Thursday night and have had 10 days to prepare for trip to Oakland that may be their last chance to start a run.

#28 - 3-7 - JETS
Jets come off their bye week after another weak offensive showing vs the Rams. They host the hated Patriots which may be their only highlight of the season if they pull off the upset.

#29 - 2-8 - JAGUARS
The Jags' headed for another sub five win season and possible #1 overall selection in April.

#30 - 2-8 - BEARS
Bears host Titans and 49ers over the next two weeks and possible only winnable contests left on schedule. QB Jake Cutler may be done for the season and possibly in Chi town.

#31 - 1-9 - 49ers
The 49ers have not won since opening weekend. They travel to Miami and Chicago in their next games.

#32 - 0-11 - BROWNS
The Browns find new ways to lose weekly with mistake prone defeat to the Steelers. They host the GMen before a merciful bye week.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

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